Apple probably thinks Flash sucks from a technical standpoint, Adobe has been in charge of Flash for so long now that it’s hard to remember that the software was once called Macromedia Flash, not Adobe Flash. Over the years, Adobe Flash has become more bloated and progressively worse. (Hey, just like another application we talked about recently!)
Of course, Adobe will stand by the product, even with its faults. Let’s take a look at some of the silly excuses Adobe has made to explain why Flash doesn’t suck:
1) Adobe is trying to cram 20 years worth of technology into increasingly small devices –
Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen said this recently at the Web 2.0 Summit. This was after being pressed about the poor performance of Flash. He went on to say that while it would have been easier to throw those 20 years of technology out the window and start from scratch, they didn’t want to do that to developers.
2) “Flash has Changed the World” –
Adding to that, Narayen mentioned (during the same interview) that because of that fact, the technology has “both supporters and detractors.” Well, it’s definitely changed how we browse the internet, but we can’t really say it’s changed the world.
3) The “False Argument”
After claims that disabling Flash on a MacBook Air added an additional 2 hours of battery life to the laptop, Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch rushed in to defend the software, and this is what he said, “It‚Äôs a false argument to make, of the power usage. When you‚Äôre displaying content, any technology will use more power to display, versus not displaying content.‚Äù He went on to mention that running HTML5 content would bite off the same chunk of battery life, which has been noted as near-impossible to test because most sites don’t use HTML5 content yet.
4) We Love Apple
Adobe has tried to position themselves as the good guy in this battle (when really, neither is the good guy, they’re corporations, not our friends). How do they do it? They posted ads like the ones above everywhere in a campaign as they tried to say, “We are your friends, and we love Apple, but we don’t agree with them.” Adobe, please, just focus on the software.
Besides, what’s up with all the updates?
We’ve talked about endless updates before with iTunes. Yes, we understand that updates are necessary, but this graph (though very obvious satire) isn’t far from the truth. At least that’s what it feels like when you are dealing with Adobe’s software.
That’s not the only post we found, gaming journalist Leigh Alexander recently tweeted about her woes with Adobe’s software updates:
Then there is the performance issue, which is the result of 20 years of software being crammed together. We learned that Flash content doesn’t run very well on tablet devices, like the Galaxy Tab (most who reviewed it Hated how it ran Flash).
Will it Improve?
We would like to see Flash become less of a system hog. That is up to Adobe though. With 20 years of software and research going into it, you would think Flash could function a bit more efficiently.
Still, in it’s current form, Flash leaves a lot to be desired.